Pittwater Uniting Church

Sermons 2012

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Magi Mystery

December 30, Steve Everist
Matthew 2:1-12

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It is beyond comprehension that back in time, beyond countless millennium the coming of Jesus was written into the very fabric of our galaxy. No wonder they came to worship him.

Christmas day message: Promises

December 25, Nigel Rogers

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Christmas is great for all sorts of reasons but one of the most profound is that it is a celebration of God keeping a promise.

Expect Jesus Part 4, Love

December 23, Nigel Rogers
Matthew 1:18-25

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We all can and do fall short of the way God has created us to love others. Love is not meant to be self-seeking but rather God glorifying. Love is to be enjoyed and brings the fullest measure to life.

Expect Jesus Part 3, Joy

December 16, Nigel Rogers
Luke 1:39-45

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One of the greatest sources of joy in the life of a Christian is being included in the work that Christ is doing here on earth. How do you get joy from sharing in what Christ is doing?

Expect Jesus Part 2, Peace

December 9, Nigel Rogers
John 1:1-18

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Strangely, achieving peace in our lives can be a battle. How does the Word of God and the Holy Spirit bring us peace?

Expect Jesus Part 1, Hope

December 2, Nigel Rogers
Luke 1:26-38

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How do events you are anticipating in your life at the moment fill you with hope? Mary was the first to place her hope in Jesus. How can we follow her example?

M&Ms Part 3, Mission Miracles

November 25, Steve Everist
Luke 10:10-21

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This week we continue our study of the sending out of the 72 as Jesus shares that the mission of God is momentous, merry and miraculous.

M&Ms Part 2, Mission Minded

November 18, Steve Everist
Luke 10:5-11

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How was the message of peace and the kingdom a godly hope teaser for the Jews? What godly hopes do you think lie in the hearts of Australians? How can we connect with those hopes?

M&Ms Part 1, Mission Minded

November 11, Steve Everist
Luke 9:57 – 10:4

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In the area of mission and sharing our faith the church has very little confidence. If you read Luke 10 you will discover Jesus debunking every single one of the confidence-sapping stories we tell ourselves.

Culture Part 4

November 4, Nigel Rogers
1 John 4:15-21

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Jesus was not afraid to go into the deep places with people to speak words of truth into their lives. With whom do you go to the deep places? Does Jesus go to yours?

Culture Part 3

October 28, Nigel Rogers
1 John 4:7-14

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How do we give God the best of us so that we can be united with him rather than just fitting him into our life? We need to how we follow Jesus, how disciplined are we? And is our attitude right?

Culture Part 2

October 21, Nigel Rogers
1 John 2:1-6, 15-17

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Do we want to see our lives flourish? Then we need to deal with the sin in our lives.
And we also need to put Jesus right in the centre.

Culture Part 1

October 14, Nigel Rogers
1 John 1:1-7

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What culture influences us? The secular world? The church? Jesus?
How can we allow Jesus to be primary influence in the culture of our lives?

A culture of reconciliation

October 7, Steve Everist
2 Corinthians 5:16-21

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We have divided our church into ‘silos’ – separating the generations. This is not how God intended
the church to be so how can we develop a culture of reconciliation to unite our church?

Shorties Part 4

September 30, Steve Everist

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Jude’s writes to encourage and affirm the central characteristic of mercy, peace and love in the
life of the church. To encourage them [and us] to show mercy even to those who would abuse the church.

Shorties Part 3

September 23, Steve Everist

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If you ever have an opportunity to love someone, to raise them up, to be a voice to the voiceless, to stand with those who are incredibly vulnerable and at risk, would you do what is right?

Out of Egypt

September 16, Nigel Rogers
Exodus 13:17-22

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Egypt is central to God’s plan for freedom through Joseph, Moses and Jesus. God brings people out into places of life and restoration.

Shorties Part 2

September 9, Steve Everist
2 John

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Are there ideas or notions that we could let through the door of our life that could do us damage, even jeopardise our salvation? John certainly believed this to be the case.

Shorties Part 1

September 2, Steve Everist
3 John

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In this first look at the four shortest books of the Bible, Steve poses the question: At this moment in my life, how hospitable am I to the word of God?

Life, a journey with others

August 26, Ric Bollen
Acts 8:26-40

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Our life journey merges with others on the road. Do we make the most of these opportunities?

New Perspective

August 26, Matt Whiteley


Matt inspires the evening congregation with a fresh perspective on his faith.

Questions from Jesus Part 2

August 19, Nigel Rogers
Mark 8:27-30

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This sermon deals with the question Jesus asked: “Who do people say I am?” How would we answer the question in this day and age?

Questions from Jesus Part 1

August 12, Nigel Rogers
Matthew 9:27-34

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The gospels are rich in questions that Jesus asked of his disciples and others. In this first part we look at the faith question … Jesus asking “do you believe that I can do this?”

Samson: too close for comfort Part 4

August 5, Steve Everist
Judges 16

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In this final week of the Samson series, we take a look at the enemy within.

The Holy Spirit’s influence

July 29, Rev. Bernard Siai
Acts 3:1-9


The Rev. Bernard Siai, Moderator of the United Church in PNG, joined us for our two morning services. He preached about the leading of Holy Spirit leads us and how, if we let it, the Holy Spirit has a powerful influence on our lives. There is no study guide this week, we suggest Life Groups might like to listen to one of today’s messages (under 20 minutes each) and talk about the influence of the Holy Spirit or the impact of God’s love in their lives.

God’s Love

July 29, John Dacker

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John Dacker preached at our evening service today about the depth of God’s love for us. There is no study guide this week, we suggest Life Groups might like to listen to one of today’s messages (under 20 minutes each) and talk about the influence of the Holy Spirit or the impact of God’s love in their lives.

Samson: too close for comfort Part 3

July 22, Steve Everist
Judges 15

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The story of Samson was told in a way that the people of the time would understand the messages. We need to do the same – retell the story of Jesus in a way that our listeners will understand and relate to. Samson’s life was full of drama but he found the way out when he called out to God. We hold the key to the way out of drama for people now – Jesus.

Samson: too close for comfort Part 2

July 15, Steve Everist
Judges 14

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The story of Samson was a cautionary tale for young, exiled Israelites in Babylon. Showing them what will happen if they are emotionally detached from their families and from God. It is designed to give them values and wisdom, rather than the hollow life Samson led.

Samson: too close for comfort Part 1

July 8, Steve Everist
Judges 13

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The book of Judges is Israel’s black box recording of a catastrophic period in their history when they teetered on the edge of oblivion. This little book is written with breathtaking honesty portraying Israel as an increasingly disorganised rabble. That’s what a black box does; it records the hard facts so others can learn from what went wrong.

God and struggles

July 1, Nigel Rogers
Genesis 32:22-32

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Have you ever had a time in your life where you have struggled? If we are honest the answer will be yes! The answer may well be “My life seems to be a constant struggle!” But how is God present in our struggles? And how does he seek to use our struggles to transform us?

Grow Part 4

June 24, Nigel Rogers
Romans 10:8-15

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Throughout this series we have been saying that relationships are the means for life. This final sermon in the Grow series focuses on the importance of love in sharing Christ with others. If we really grow in relationship with Jesus, so that his love flows out of us to others, then we will continue to grow to be absolutely unique in a “me first” culture.

Grow Part 3

June 17, Nigel Rogers
1 Corinthians 3:5-19

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All people have the opportunity to live in a relationship with Jesus but it is a choice each and every day. There are certain elements that God uses to sow into this relationship: personal worship; reading the Bible; prayer; giving; and serving.

Grow Part 2

June 10, Nigel Rogers
Galatians 5:16-26

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Today we continue our sermon series, Grow. How is the resurrection of Jesus central to a personal relationship with God? How are the actions of the sinful nature generated from things that we lack in our life?

Grow Part 1

June 3, Nigel Rogers
Colossians 1:24-29

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This series focuses on what growth looks like for a Christian. This means covering the angles such as what does growth look like? how do we grow? why would we want to grow and what are the barriers to us growing? Today we look at how Christianity unveils a God in Christ who is deeply and lovingly seeking a personal relationship with people. This is the first building block for the Christian life. The second building block concerns the choice to enter a relationship with God.

Life in the Spirit Part 3

May 27, Steve Everist
Ephesians 4:1-16

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Imagine a vision of a community so connected by the Holy Spirit’s love that we actually become the body of Christ on earth, not as some kind of nice sounding metaphor, but as a community that for all intents and purposes is the living embodiment of the love of Jesus Christ in the world today, ministering to people with His love and His power.

Life in the Spirit Part 2

May 20, Steve Everist
Acts 3:1-16

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Some people have mixed feelings about the Holy Spirit. Whether you are an extrovert or an introvert the Holy Spirit will relate to different people differently. We need to remember that love is the core of who the Holy Spirit is. A true Spirit-filled walk, a true Spirit-filled church, is not about making our church famous it is about loving people and making God famous.

Life in the Spirit Part 1

May 13, Steve Everist
John 14:5-14

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God makes available to his people incredible power in order that the mission of God, the gathering of all people into a living relationship with their creator, is fulfilled. But why do we often decline this offer? Or accept and let it slip away?

The Good Shepherd

May 6, Ric Bollen
John 10:11-18; Acts 4:5-12

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Jesus is the good shepherd – but how does he achieve that? What are some of the key events in the life of Jesus that show He was the good shepherd? What challenges does this bring to us and our church?

Soul in the Bush

April 29, Cliff Powell, Fiona Blair & Team

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In April PUC sent an all-age team to Forbes, NSW to build relationships with and serve alongside the local church in Forbes enabling them to bless the community beyond the capacity of the resources they have. Our team was involved with two projects – Gooloogong school and Tammy’s backyard blitz. There is no study guide this week.

When Worlds Collide Part 4

April 22, Nigel Rogers
1 John 3:1-10

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The vast array of choices that we have ultimately informs the things that we care about. How much do we really care about others beyond ourselves? How much do we really care about God?

When Worlds Collide Part 3

April 15, Nigel Rogers
Mark 16:9-20

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God knows every part of you, even the aspects of your life that are hidden from others – and he loves you anyway. But we can all experience barriers to his love in our lives.

When Worlds Collide Part 2

April 8, Easter Sunday, Nigel Rogers
John 20:1-10; 30-31

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The resurrection of Jesus was a supernatural act, which reflects that there is more to life than just this world. God broke into this world through Jesus so that you and I might be drawn into his life now and throughout eternity.

When Worlds Collide Part 1

April 1, Palm Sunday, Nigel Rogers
John 12:12-19

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This series will be a collision of God’s truth with our own lives so that we might be shaken in a new way to respond to the extravagant love that God has for us. There is no better time than Easter to be reminded of the great collision of God’s love with the world that he created.

Our Neighbours Ministry, Zimbabwe

March 25, Marty Barrow
Luke 10:25-37

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Have you heard about Our Neighbours Ministry in Zimbabwe and wondered what it was about? Have you been a supporter in the past? In March Marty joined us to give an update of the ministry in the last 12 months and to lay out before us their current needs. Marty challenged us to think about who our neighbour is and how can we walk in their shoes.

Gospel 101 Part 4: Freedom

March 18, Steve Everist
Romans 8:18-27

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Freedom, what is it? It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1). Hear about how Jesus is the living law who frees us from vertical (the God-shaped gap within us) and horizontal pain (how we hurt one another). How free are you?

Gospel 101 Part 3: Blood

March 11, Steve Everist
Hebrews 9:11-22

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Steve helps us follow the clues to understand the mystery of blood in the Bible. How does it effect our relationship with God? Is it a cure for sin? What power does it hold?

Gospel 101 Part 2: Sin

March 4, Steve Everist
Matthew 9:1-13

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This week we want to talk about one of the most important words in any language. It is a word central to the Gospel describing what is wrong with me and what is wrong with you and what is wrong with the world. If this word does everything that is claimed about it, if it actually does have the power to explain what is wrong with the world and set us on the path of righting that wrong, then everyone would have to agree this is one of the most important words ever.

Gospel 101 Part 1: Love

February 26, Steve Everist
Ephesians 3:14-21

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As we study the word of God it becomes clear that the first and last concept that God wants people to grasp is His immense and tender love. What is not always clear is how the reality of God’s love makes sense in view of God’s warnings about hell and punishment. It is difficult to grasp the extent of God’s love until we come to grips with the issue of hell.

Catch our vision Part 3

February 19, Nigel Rogers
Romans 1:16-17 and 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

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The good news of Jesus is something that we share with others but for what purpose? Has there ever been a time when you have been ashamed of the gospel? What helps you stand strong and courageously for the good news of Jesus Christ?

Catch our vision Part 2

February 12, Nigel Rogers
Matthew 25:14-30

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More on our vision for 2012: the Gospel: know it, share it, live it. It can be said that the difference between the attitude of a slave and a servant is that “A slave has to do things whereas a servant wants to do things.” Are you God’s servant? How do you live your life to benefit Christ’s cause?

Catch our vision Part 1

February 5, Nigel Rogers
Matthew 25:14-30

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Our vision for 2012: the Gospel: know it, share it, live it. God inspires us to be strong and courageous in knowing, sharing and living out the gospel. The Gospel is the good news of Jesus.

Life’s Journey: living Part 2

January 29, Ric Bollen
Joshua 24:1, 14-28

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In this second week of Joshua we look at the journey that Joshua took – how he faithfully led the people of Israel through victories and failures; sin and repentance.

Life’s Journey: beginning Part 1

January 22, Ric Bollen
Joshua 1:1-18

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Joshua – over two weeks we will look at the beginning and conclusion to his leadership ministry. This week he and all his people stand on the edge of the Jordan River. They have been wandering are in circles for 40 years.


January 8, Steve Everist
James 5:13-18

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From studying the Bible we are clear that Jesus healed and some of the disciples healed, but there is not exactly a clear command for churches to pursue healing ministries. The question is should a church practice a healing ministry?

Happy New You!

January 1, Steve Everist
2 Corinthians 5:16-21

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If we could look at our life through time lapse photography what would we see? What would we see differently? What would we have missed in that fast and frantic sprint that is our life? We tend not to see the depth of our lives as it stretches behind us. Three steps to getting the most out of this New Year: 1. Remember your testimony and face up to where are you now. 2. Ask God to raise in you a new level of faith. 3. Determine to pray.

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